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How to Select a Good Probiotic for your Child?

What are Probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms, usually but not always bacteria. Small amounts are present in foods such as yoghurt, miso, and other fermented juices or drinks, but to get their therapeutic effects you may have to consume larger amounts, which are available in capsules and powder. The potency is usually listed as an estimated number of live bacteria (such as ten billion) or as colony-forming units.The first word in the name (such as Lactobacillus) is the genus. The species is the second name, and the strain is the last part of the name (such as GG). How do we select from the many brands? Look for a product that contains more than a billion bugs. Ten billion or...

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Kids Need Fats!

Does it occur to you that toddlers need fats in their diets too? You know how - as parents - we always think about calcium, iron and vitamins intake, and often neglect the importance of fats in our toddlers' diets. Some parents may also go to the extent of avoiding fats and oils when cooking for children. Background Information Children need a lot of good fats in their diet, which can include saturated, monounsaturated, and omega-3 fats. The fat sources are best sourced naturally from whole foods that include butter, milk, yoghurt, nuts, fatty fish, eggs, avocado, and meat. Cooking with plant-based oils also helps to contribute to fat intake. Fat plays an important role in the development of your child's brain and helps them reach their...

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Cooking to Preserve Nutrients

How do you normally cook porridge for your children? For us, our common practice is to cook everything together – a portion of meat, vegetables and rice – all in the same pot, boiling till desired consistency is achieved. I believe that is what most of us would do, especially if we’re Chinese (or Asian). Recently, I’ve been reading up more and been pondering if it’s the optimal way for our children to obtain the most nutrients, proves that it may not be so.  Meat is where the proteins are. When it is boiled for a prolonged period of time, the water-soluble vitamins are lost to the water, and some destroyed, however the proteins are still intact in the meat...

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Why Food Powders?

We should first highlight to you that food powders are not meant to replace the traditional stock cooking method (in terms of flavour) - they are supplements to what you are giving your child at the moment. Sometimes due to time constraints, dining out, travelling, or a desire to give your child a balanced or more flavourful meal without using additives, we use stock powders.   No Preservatives nor Additives SG Homemade stock powders are made from the ingredients themselves - we do not add in any other ingredients in the process of creating them. Store-bought stock powders are laden with salt, MSG and other additives (long chemical names) that may not be beneficial to your family members. If you...

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